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Tryon Palace

The palace built by Governor William Tryon in the 1760s stands in marked contrast to the homes of most backcountry settlers. (Image source. More about the photograph)

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A rough calculation of the expense of a mansion house executing at Newbern for the governor of North Carolina for the time being.

behind Tryon Palace

Its elaborate architecture made Tryon Palace the most expensive house in British North America. Image source.

Turning in the Lotts £55
Digging the Foundation £15
Bricks and Lime £1250
Bricklayers Work £600
Boards and Scantling, including Mahogany for ye Staircase £600
Carpenters and Joiners Labour, including Nails and Brads £1900
Plastering, including Lime, Lath, Nails, Labr, and Stucco Work £900
Sashes, Glass, Skylights, Lead and Plumbers Labour to Gutter &c, and Six Stacks of Lead pipes £1100
Chimney pieces, and Stone Steps to two Fronts £600
Painting inside and outside, Including Oil and Colours £550
Locks, Hinges, Fastenings, Screws, and Smiths Work about the Roof &c £650
Labourers time attending Workmen and levelling Grounds £200
Shingles £45
Paving the Cellars, and Area, Area Wall and pallisadoes Do £200
Digging and laying drains from the House, and Making Reservoir Labour and Materials £400
To the Superintendant for four years overseeing and directing the Works of the House, Officers &c £1200
Twelve Lotts of Land for the Building purchase not yet Completed estimated at £400

Expence of the two Wings or Offices of the said House, Including Collonade, dwarf Wall, and Pallisadoes to form the Court.

gardens at Tryon Palace

Like upper-class English houses of its time, Tryon Palace had formal gardens with curved paths, ornamental plantings, and statues. Image source.

Digging the Foundations £20
Brick and Lime £900
Scantling and Boards £500
Carpenters and Joiners Labour, including Nails and Brads £780
Bricklayers Word £400
Locks, fastenings, and Smiths Work £190
Glass and painting including the painting of the Shingles on the Roof £250
Shingles £55
Two Wells with Pumps Compleat £40
Circular Collonade, with Wall, Columns, paving, Cornice, and Roof &c £750
Dwarf Wall, Pallisadoes, piers, Gates &c, to form a Court Yard £160



Small pieces of lumber.

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A joiner was someone who built furniture or did what we would now call finish carpentry — moldings, trim work, doors and windows, and so on.

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Laths are thin strips of wood used on walls as a base for plaster.

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An abbreviation for “ditto,” or something repeated.

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A group of columns supporting a tablature or flat roof.

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